Producers sell food without intermediaries in the Central Market

(Photo Victoria Gesualdi)

The leadership of the Union of Workers of the Land (UTT) inaugurated this Tuesday the first ship of small producers within the Central Market of Buenos Aires (MCBA), with the aim of “concreting the sale of food without intermediaries” and to “be able to improve the sale prices” of their products, spokesmen from the agricultural sector informed Télam.

“After a lot of effort, the Central Market inaugurated its first warehouse for small and medium-sized producers. It is a historic event both for this concentrator market and for the organizations of the sector in the search to shorten the distances to be able to guarantee fresh food at affordable prices for all population,” Nahuel Levaggi, president of the Central Market and national coordinator of the UTT, told Télam

Photo Victoria Gesualdi
(Photo Victoria Gesualdi)

In this regard, he stressed that “For years at UTT we have been fighting so that there are fewer intermediaries in the fruit and vegetable marketing chain and food can go directly from the producer to the consumer.”

“In this way – he added – food will be able to reach the table of Argentines at more accessible prices. This new ship that was inaugurated today represents a significant advance for the families of medium and small producers who will now be able to come to sell their production directly. in the Central Market.

The site in the Central Market is intended for small producers from different parts of the country, and it is an initiative that the management of the UTT carries out at the head of the concentrator market (MCBA), which it had been promoting for some months.

Inauguration in the Central Market

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“We are also happy – highlighted Levaggi – because this inauguration took place within the framework of the commemoration of the International Day of Peasant Struggle”, which is celebrated worldwide every April 17.

From the UTT they highlighted that the objective of the initiative “is that the producer families have access to the possibility of direct sales in a large fruit and vegetable concentrator and distributor space such as the Central Market, so that in this way they are included in an equitable manner in this marketing chain.

“In the beginning – advanced its leaders – it will start with stallholders from the green belt of the province of Buenos Aires and the province of Mendoza, with the sale of approximately 2,200 packages of leafy vegetables, tomatoes and fruit.”

Photo Victoria Gesualdi
(Photo Victoria Gesualdi)

For Levaggi, “with this new marketing warehouse we managed to open a space for small and medium-sized producers so that they can market their fruit and vegetable products within the Market premises without intermediaries. For our union and for the history of the Central, this is a historic step that contributes to seek solutions for both producers and the agri-food system of our country”.

The first producer organizations that are already part of this initiative are the Association of Sharecroppers and Allied Workers (ASOMA), the Evita Agrarian Front, the National Indigenous Peasant Movement (MNCI-Somos Tierra) and the Union of Workers of the Land (UTT). ).

Celia Mayorga, cooperative producer from Mendoza and spokesperson for the UST/MNCI-ST remarked: “What we are doing is a light of hope, having our production there, without intermediaries, is a great achievement, it gives a lot of room to grow in a moment complex with many climatic difficulties lately in our territories and economic crisis”.

“We want to bring our agroecological foods closer to many more people and advance awareness of healthy production”Held.

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For his part, Roberto Solano, vice-president of ASOMA, predicted: “For small producers, this new warehouse is going to help us a lot in marketing, we are not going to solve all the problems in the sector, but we are going to be able to improve the sale prices of our products, removing the costs of transportation and logistics”.

“Improving the quality of life of those who produce and improving the quality of food for the People is the way forward. Today we are advancing with this step towards commercial equity, which is added to the rest of the initiatives carried out by the Central Market and the organizations of producers and food producers”, they finally highlighted from the UTT.

Photo Victoria Gesualdi
(Photo Victoria Gesualdi)

The first producer organizations that are already part of this initiative are the Association of Sharecroppers and Allied Workers (Asoma), the Evita Agrarian Front, the National Indigenous Peasant Movement (MNCI – Somos Tierra) and the Union of Workers of the Land (UTT). ).

Photo Victoria Gesualdi
(Photo Victoria Gesualdi)